Babylon the Great Prepares for Nuclear War (Daniel 7)

The US Military Has a New Facility for Overseeing Nuclear War

David Axe

Image: US Army Corps of Engineers

The US military is getting ready to move into a new, $1.3 billion command center for conducting nuclear war.

The Command and Control Facility at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska boasts upgraded electrical power, cooling and networking infrastructure for sophisticated communications systems connecting planners to missile silos, nuclear-armed bombers, ballistic-missile submarines, and other nuclear forces all over the world.

The C2F, as it’s known, is also shielded from the computer-frying electromagnetic pulses that result from atomic blasts. Some of the most important parts of the building are below ground level

However, the facility is unlikely to survive very long during a full-scale nuclear war.

US Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear arsenal, was supposed to move its 3,500 headquarters personnel into the C2F starting in 2016. But the US Army Corps of Engineers ran into serious problems while building the 900,000-square-foot facility.

The design changed and shrank mid-construction. Flooding and mold required expensive rework. Fixes and changes added tens of millions of dollars to the facility’s final cost. “There were some really very questionable decisions about how to do the contracting and how to do design,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told BH News Service in late 2017.

Now after seven years of work, the high-tech facility is just two months from being complete, Omaha TV station KETV7 reported in early July. Strategic Command should be able to take over the building from the Corps of Engineers in September and begin the lengthy, expensive process of installing the classified electronics for controlling America’s nuclear arsenal.

At present, Strategic Command works out of a smaller building at Offutt dating to 1957, when the Air Force alone oversaw America’s nuclear forces. Strategic Command stood up in 1992 in order to consolidate Air Force and Navy nuclear control, but stayed in the same, increasingly crowded and outdated building.

The old building’s inadequacy became more apparent when Strategic Command took control of the military’s cyberwarfare duties in 2011. The annual cost of maintaining the command’s headquarters quadrupled to more than $600 million between 2001 and 2013, according to a 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office.

“We’ve basically hit the limits of the capabilities of the building in terms of power, space to wire, the flexibility to change to missions and therefore it drove the need to turn to a new project,” Maj. Gen. Rick Evans, Strategic Command’s program manager for the C2F, told KETV7.

The Pentagon’s February 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the first overall assessment of US atomic forces in eight years, warned about “aging system components” within the Pentagon’s nuclear command infrastructure. Strategic Command did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“It was definitely time to replace it,” Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear expert with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told me in reference to the old Strategic Command building.

The C2F should make it easier to oversee possible nuclear war. “The improvement is probably mainly in simply having a newer facility that is more efficient and hopefully user-friendly than the old one,” Hans Kristensen, a nuclear expert with the Federation of American Scientists, told me.

With its shielded electronics and underground levels, the C2F and at least some of its occupants might survive the initial blasts in a nuclear war. “But I doubt it would last long in a later exchange,” Kristensen said. “A couple of direct hits with high-yield warheads would likely shake the underground structure to pieces.”

During the Cold War, the military built underground bunkers as back-ups to the Offutt headquarters, most notably the sprawling complex deep inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. In recent years, the Pentagon has vacated the expensive, inconvenient, and hard-to-upgrade bunkers.

“Nuclear command and control today is less dependent on super-secure underground facilities, but in a flatter architecture than makes use of numerous redundant and dispersed facilities,” Kristensen said. “So an adversary could blow up Offutt, but by that time the national command leadership would be long gone and it wouldn’t prevent [Strategic Command] from retaliating or continuing the fight, if one can imagine that in a nuclear war.”

Sixth Seal: New York City (Revelation 6:12)

(Source: US Geological Survey)

New York State Geological Survey

Damaging earthquakes have occurred in New York and surely will again. The likelihood of a damaging earthquake in New York is small overall but the possibility is higher in the northern part of the state and in the New York City region.Significant earthquakes, both located in Rockaway and larger than magnitude 5, shook New York City in 1737 and 1884. The quakes were 147 years apart and the most recent was 122 year ago. It is likely that another earthquake of the same size will occur in that area in the next 25 to 50 years. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in New York City would probably not cause great loss of life. However the damage to infrastructure – buildings, steam and gas lines, water mains, electric and fiber optic cable – could be extensive.

Earthquake Hazard Map of New York State

Acceleration of the ground during an earthquake is more important than total movement in causing structural damage. This map shows the two-percent probability of the occurrence of an earthquake that exceeds the acceleration of earth’s gravity by a certain percentage in the next fifty years.

If a person stands on a rug and the rug pulled slowly, the person will maintain balance and will not fall. But if the rug is jerked quickly, the person will topple. The same principle is true for building damage during an earthquake. Structural damage is caused more by the acceleration of the ground than by the distance the ground moves.

Earthquake hazard maps show the probability that the ground will move at a certain rate, measured as a percentage of earth’s gravity, during a particular time. Motion of one or two percent of gravity will rattle windows, doors, and dishes. Acceleration of ten to twenty percent of gravity will cause structural damage to buildings. It takes more than one hundred percent of gravity to throw objects into the air.

Israel Tramples Gaza (Revelation 11:2)

Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will be allowed through

Israel closes main Gaza goods crossing in response to arson attacks – BBC News


Israel has shut the main cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in retaliation for arson attacks by Palestinians and attempts to infiltrate its territory.

Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will now be allowed through Kerem Shalom.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to use a “heavy hand” against the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

A Hamas spokesman called the Israeli move “a new crime against humanity”.

Palestinians have been launching kites and balloons carrying containers of burning fuel and explosive devices over the Gaza-Israel border since April.


Gazans have been flying incendiary balloons and kites over the border with Israel

The devices have sparked 750 fires in southern Israel, burning more than 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of forest and farmland and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, Israeli officials say.

The arson attacks began during mass demonstrations along the border, at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel and also demanded an end to the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel and Egypt.

Israel and Egypt say the blockade is a necessary security measure against militants.

Gaza health officials say more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during the protests.

Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of using excessive force. Israel has said they have only opened fire in self-defence or on people trying to infiltrate its territory under the cover of the protests.

Israel’s military said the prime minister had ordered the closure of Kerem Shalom on Monday “in light of the ongoing arson terror and additional terror attempts, led by the Hamas terror organization”.

The military will also stop Gaza’s fishermen sailing more than six nautical miles (11 km) offshore in the Mediterranean Sea, after having extended the limit to nine miles (17km) for the past three months.

Mr Netanyahu said he and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman had agreed to be “heavy-handed with the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip – immediately”.


Israel says the arson attacks have caused more than 750 fires since April

“There will be additional steps. I will not go into details,” he added.

Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, called on the international community to intervene immediately to prevent what it called a “new crime against humanity”.

The Israeli non-governmental organisation Gisha, which promotes freedom of movement for Palestinians, also condemned the Israeli decision.

“The damage being caused to agricultural lands in Israel is grave and deplorable, but collectively punishing nearly two million people in Gaza by closing its only official crossing for the movement of goods is both illegal and morally depraved,” it wrote on Twitter.

Almost all of the goods imported to Gaza pass through Kerem Shalom.

The United Nations says 43,087 lorryloads of goods arrived through the crossing in the first five months of 2018 . In May, 44% of the lorryloads carried construction materials; 29% food products; and 1% medical supplies.

The Largest Horns Enlarge Their Nuclear Arsenal (Daniel 7)

Compelling Reasons’ US Is Upgrading its B-52s Likely Russia, China

22:31 10.07.2018

The US Air Force’s decision to increase the weapons-bearing load of its B-52 heavy bombers to accommodate the so-called “Mother of All Bombs” was motivated by “high-end competitors,” a service official told July 10.

Sputnik previously reported on a Request For Information (RFI) document released by the US Air Force to increase the number of weapons a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress could carry, as well as the size and weight of those weapons.


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The plane’s external pylons can currently only carry 5,000-pound munitions. The RFI calls for new pylons underneath the aircraft’s wings “capable of carrying multiple weapons in the 5,000-lb to 20,000-lb weight class.”

“This is not a requirement that came out of nowhere,” a US defense official told “There are compelling reasons why we have to go down that road,” the official noted, without spelling out what those reasons were.

According to the RFI, when the existing pylons were introduced, “there wasn’t a requirement nor did anyone foresee a need to carry weapons heavier than 5,000 lbs.” The weapons pylon being upgraded hasn’t changed in design since 1959.

The request to upgrade the B-52 fleet’s bomb capacity is in line with the Pentagon’s top priority of preparing for conflict with near-peer adversaries.

The US Defense Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) is cited by as one of the motivating factors for the decision to keep the B-52s in top fighting shape.


The near-peer strategic competitors listed by the NDS include China and Russia, countries with extensive bomber fleets as well as nuclear weapons.

According to 2017 Congressional testimony by General Robin Rand, commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, “I anticipate the B-52 will remain a key element of our bomber force beyond 2050.”

The US Air Force’s 76 B-52s comprise almost half of its bomber fleet and are widely considered the backbone of the force.

The Antichrist Calls on Russia

Sadr urges Russian authorities to play role in upgrading Iraq’s services

by Mohammed Ebraheem Jul 10, 2018, 2:15 pm

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on Russian authorities to play a role in improving the humanitarian and service situation in the country.

Sadr made the remark during a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maxim Maximov in Al Najaf Al Ashraf city, his media office said in a statement.

Sadr, according to the statement, voiced his desire to form “a parental national government that is capable of overcoming serious challenges facing the country in the current period.”

The Russian ambassador, meanwhile, congratulated Sadr on winning the May 12 parliamentary elections.

Al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition won 54 parliamentary seats in the May 12 parliamentary polls, followed by an al-Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s Victory bloc (42 seats), according to the election commission.

The vote results, however, have aroused widespread fraud allegations.

Al-Sadr’s coalition did not win the majority needed to form a government alone but will play a primary role in selecting the next prime minister.

Al-Sadr said he hoped to establish a “technocrat” cabinet far removed from narrow sectarian biases.

Known for his hostile approach to the U.S., al-Sadr is one of few Shia leaders who don’t have close ties with Iran.